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VIDEO: Palestinian political rivalries play out in West Bank camp

Ongoing political violence continues to tear Balata refugee camp apart, amid increased tensions between supporters of Palestinian politicians Mohammed Dahlan and Mahmoud Abbas. The camp, which is located in Nablus City, is the largest in the West Bank and home to over 30,000 inhabitants. Balata was established in 1950 by …

Palestinian officer killed, 2 gunmen injured during armed clashes in Balata

NABLUS (Ma’an) — A Palestinian policeman was killed Sunday night during armed clashes that erupted in Balata refugee camp in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus, after Palestinian forces raided the camp to detain “wanted fugitives,” Palestinian security forces said. The clashes left another policeman and at least …

ICHR releases a fact finding report on the Nablus events of August 2016

Ramallah – On 7 March 2017, the Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) released a fact finding report on the events, which took place in the city of Nablus in August 2016. The report addresses the killing of five Palestinian citizens, including military personnel and civilians, in three separate, but …

Israeli planes hit Gaza after rocket attack

Israeli aircraft hit targets in the Gaza Strip on Monday, hours after a rocket fired from the Palestinian territory slammed into southern Israel. “Three bombs were dropped by the air force on a Hamas military base east of Nusseirat refugee camp,” south of Gaza city, a Palestinian security source said. …

Nablus police pursue man from Balata refugee camp in failed ambush operation

NABLUS (Ma’an) — Palestinian security forces conducted a failed ambush operation to detain a “fugitive” in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus on Tuesday. Anonymous security sources said the man they were seeking was from the Balata refugee camp east of Nablus city, saying that police attempted to …

Can PA end arms proliferation in West Bank?

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian parties are currently discussing the implemention of a draft law on firearms and ammunition licensing fees that the Palestinian Authority Cabinet ratified Dec. 13. A government statement declared that the law aims to “reorganize the weapons dossier, reduce the spread of illegal weapons, work to control illegal weapons and …

Abbas comes out of Fatah congress stronger than ever

  RAMALLAH, West Bank — With a standing ovation, Fatah’s seventh congress, which was held Nov. 29, re-elected President Mahmoud Abbas as head of the Fatah movement for another term of five years without conducting a ballot, as the conference had already been purged of most of his opponents. The …

Will Egypt open embassy in Gaza?

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Gaza could be getting a status upgrade to become an embassy headquarters for Egypt, though Egyptian officials declined to comment on media reports to that effect. According to the reports, Egypt has threatened Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas with moving the Egyptian Embassy to Gaza from the city of Ramallah in the …

PA forces arrest 2 ‘top fugitives’ in Jericho

NABLUS (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces arrested two men described as “top fugitives” in Jericho on Sunday evening.An official PA security source confirmed to Ma’an that two residents of the Nablus-area refugee camp of Balata — identified as Muhammad al-Masmi, also known as al-Nus, and Mahmoud Abu Siris, …

Hague prosecutor updates Palestine war crimes probe

The prosecutor’s office at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague has just released a report on the status of its preliminary examinations into possible war crimes, including allegations against Israel. Palestine is one of 10 situations the court is currently examining. A preliminary examination is the first step …